Obituaries

Janet Meehan

Janet Meehan, 89, died on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. Her ashes will be spread on the family homestead in Anchor Point this summer.

Janet Meehan was born Nov. 24, 1923, in White Plains, N.Y. She was 12 when she decided that she wanted to live in Alaska. Years later she persuaded her husband, Bill Rabich, to trade his plans of sunshine and sailboats for her Alaska adventure. In 1950, they packed their baby daughter into a World War II Jeep and drove over the Alaska Highway into Alaska, settling in Anchor Point.  

David Schei

David Elmer Schei, a longtime resident of Alaska, died March 11, 2013. He was 59 years old. David currently resided in Fairbanks and had previously spent many years in Homer. 

He was born April 10, 1953, to Helen (Ludvigson) and Elmer Schei. He is survived by his son, Justin Schei, of Enumclaw, Wash.; siblings, Judy Schei Barrows, of Marysville, Wash., Daniel Schei of Rockport, Wash., and John Schei of Yakima, Wash.

George K. Seaton

 

 

George Kenneth Seaton, father of Paul Seaton, passed on peacefully at home on March 14, 2013, with family by his side. Born Feb. 7, 1909, Ken had recently celebrated his 104th birthday with a family reunion at his home in California. He was a remarkable man, loved and admired by many — a role model for family and friends alike.

Karen S. Flyum

Longtime Homer resident Mrs. Karen Sue Flyum, 68, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at her home in Homer. Memorial services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Homer Elks Lodge, 215 W. Jenny Lane in Homer. 

Thelma M. “Teena” Schnepel

Homer resident Thelma M. "Teena" Schnepel, 87, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road.

Thelma was born Jan. 13, 1926, in New York City and was a high school graduate. She moved to Homer in 2005 and was a housewife.

Blossom Bettie Nelson

Blossom Bettie (Luhrsen) Nelson, 94, passed away peacefully at her home in Anchorage on March 4, 2013. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Sept. 24, 1918, to Gustav and Minnie Luhrsen. On April 8, 1939, she married George Nelson and from there the five Nelson girls were born.

Marjorie Joan Mangimelli

Longtime Homer resident Mrs. Marjorie Joan Mangimelli, 90, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at South Peninsula Long Term Care.

Dorothy Marie Olson

Homer and Anchorage resident Dorothy "Dori" Marie Olson, 70, died Jan. 25, 2013, suddenly at her vacation home in Tacna, Ariz. She was cremated by Yuma Mortuary and Crematory and her ashes returned with her husband to Alaska.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. March 16, 2013, at Bayshore Club House, Anchorage, with a potluck to follow.

Jeanne Ashment See

Jeanne Ashment See, 60, of Homer died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

She had resided in Homer for 17 years and was co-owner/operator of The Sport Shed and the charter boat Lucky Lady for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Tabor Ashment, of Homer; her mother, Joy Cundiff of Wenatchee, Wash.; her father, Norman See, of Sandpoint, Idaho; and her brother, Michael See of Bridgeport, Wash.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Jones & Jones-Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee, Wash.

Madeline "Nana" Austin

Madeline, "Nana" Austin, 88, died Feb. 16, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital. A funeral is today at 2 p.m. Feb. 21, 2013, at St. John's Catholic Church, 255 Open Lane, Homer, AK 99603, with Father Bob officiating the Mass. Internment will be held at the Hickerson Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road in Homer following the Mass.

Marlin T. "Mike" Williamson

Seldovia resident Marlin Thomas "Mike" Williamson, 86, died Feb. 11, 2013, in Pittsburgh, Pa. He is survived by his son Zon "Tsuri," grandchildren Rochel, Miriam, Sara, Betsalel and Yosef; and great-grandchildren Chaya, Chanie, Shayna, Yossi, Dovid, Malka, Brocha and Channa.

Carl Frederick Bannick Jr.

Carl Frederick "Fred" Bannick Jr., 62, passed away in his home on Nov. 20, 2012, after a lengthy battle with diabetes and a blood disorder. He rarely let his late-in-life disability slow him down and was known for his determination and will to live life on his terms.

Frank H. Gardner Jr.

Frank H. Gardner Jr., 76, died Feb. 8, 2013, in Uganda. A memorial service is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Glacierview Baptist Church.
He was born Sept. 25, 1936, to Frank and Beatrice Gardner in Virginia. He was married to Adelaide Adella for almost 53 years until her passing in 2010 in Homer.

Mary Edna Scholes

Mrs. Mary Edna Scholes, 82, went to be with her Lord on Jan.11, 2013. A private burial was held Jan. 17, 2013, at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Christian Community Church on Bartlett Street in Homer. Pastors Floyd Seekins and Vince Porte will officiate. Flowers are welcome at the service. Memorial donations are to be made to Homer Hospice in memory of dear Mary.

Marjorie Nyman

Marjorie Nyman, former resident of Anchor Point, went to be with her Jesus on Jan. 26, 2013, at her home in Salem, Ore.
Marge was a caregiver for Alice Eason, who homesteaded in Anchor Point in 1945-1950 and resided there for many years.
"Marge was a go-getter who accomplished much and was not afraid to take any job, either doing it herself or seeing that it was done," said her friend Beryl Myhill.

Ordell James Christianson

Longtime Homer resident Ordell Christianson, 65, passed away on Jan. 16, 2013, in a South Carolina hospital. Ordell was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer on Dec. 31, 2012. He traveled to South Carolina soon after to visit his brother, Vernon, and sister-in-law, Connie Christianson, and to receive medical treatment. His children Ryjil, Zefren and Selven Christianson were at his bedside when Ordell took his final breath. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Down East Salon on March 10, 2013. Ordell was born Oct. 29, 1947, in Greenbush, Minn.

Raymond Deitz

Raymond Ray Deitz, 85, died Jan. 5, 2013, at his home in Anchor Point. Ray was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Seldovia and was raised on the family homestead in Homer. Ray s father, Jack Deitz Sr., started the family homestead on the bench lands of Kachemak Bay in 1922 after marrying Gladys Cooper of Ninilchik. Gladys Cooper s father was Joseph Cooper, who started gold mining in what is now called Cooper Landing. The Coopers were known as one of the first families of Ninilchik.

Betty Louise Snow

Betty L. Snow, 91, died Dec. 27, 2012, at the Friendship Terrace in Homer. The family held a private memorial to scatter her ashes in Kachemak Bay. The extended family will gather in August.

Claude "Larry" Dixon, Jr.

Anchor Point resident Claude "Larry" Dixon Jr., 71, died Dec. 21, 2012, at South Peninsula Hospital, Homer. A 35-year Alaska resident, Larry was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Blackshear, Ga., to Claude and Vera (Hunter) Dixon. He grew up in Thunderbolt and Savannah, Ga. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 19, and served four years. His last duty station was Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. He met his wife there and they settled in Melbourne, Fla., and all four of his children were born there.

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